Not that long ago, being considered a TV actor or actress often had a slightly negative connotation to it. And if the TV star was unable to make the jump to the big screen after appearing on a hit TV show, they may have been deemed somewhat of a failure.
But the rules of the game have totally changed in recent years, with many big movie stars actually opting to star on a hit TV series, while others enjoy successful careers flipping back and forth across multiple platforms.
This is largely thanks to networks like HBO and AMC, who turn out one outstanding series after the next. Not to mention that online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon have popularized binge-watching, where they often drop all the episodes of their original shows at once, turning them into more of a ten-hour movie than a week-to-week series.
Just earlier last year, A-list actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman decided to make a jump to the small screen for HBO’s Big Little Lies — a show which received critical acclaim and earned them a number of awards.
So let’s see which TV starlets you favor the most and find out which show is one of your all-time favorites!
1Is Emilia Clarke one of your favorites?
Not too many people had ever seen Emilia Clarke before she nabbed the role of Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones. But now she is one of the hottest TV stars of her generation who has slowly been making her transition to the big screen.
2Is Zooey Deschanel one of your favorites?
You may have seen Zooey Deschanel in movies like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and (500) Days of Summer. But since 2011, she’s helped write, produce, and star in her FOX sitcom, New Girl, where she plays protagonist Jessica Day.
3Is Emmy Rossum one of your favorites?
Before gaining mainstream success through her TV career, Emmy Rossum held supporting roles in a number of hit movies, like Mystic River and The Day After Tomorrow. She currently portrays Fiona Gallagher on the massively popular dramedy series Shameless, which just finished its eighth season.
4Is Alyson Hannigan one of your favorites?
Alyson Hannigan has been a part of popular franchises on both the big and small screens. She played Willow Rosenberg on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Michelle Flaherty in the American Pie movies, and Lily Aldrin on the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother.